When I decided to enroll in a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course, I had no intention of actually teaching yoga. I had been thinking of diving deeper into my practice for a while, and I finally had the block of time I needed. While many people enroll in a teacher training course with the obvious goal of teaching yoga, just as many enroll in order to enrich their practice in a formal, structured way. Personally, I was looking for a fulfilling way to spend my summer between semesters of graduate school and make friends in a new city. Secretly I thought it would be my opportunity to finally master scorpion pose.
Well, as it turned out, I accomplished two out of three. I was quite fulfilled that summer studying yogic philosophy, anatomy, asana, and meeting amazing people during my program. Although, sadly, it turns out I was only one of two trainees staying in the DC Metro area at the completion of the course! Even my teacher was an accomplished jet-setting, internationally renowned yogi who soon spent much of her time in NYC. However, it was through my teacher and her studio that I was introduced to Refresh and I found my new yoga home. The rest is history. One never knows where her path will lead her.
I did NOT achieve scorpion pose that summer, but it didn’t matter to me. I’d been exposed to so much more than asana. One common take-away from yoga teacher training is that you realize how much more you have to learn. 200 hours is hardly enough to cover all the knowledge out there! But it provides a starting place. It allows you to discover which facets of yoga you want to pursue and inspire you.
I find myself revisiting so many things we covered in my training. A yoga teacher is always learning, and the 200 Hour training shows you those tools you need to evolve your practice. Your confidence will grow, you’ll understand yourself a little better, and most importantly, you will find connection with your community and be able to share your gifts on or off the mat.